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Repeal Environmental Permits for Reuse of Inert Waste in Construction

Comment 6th July 2010

Remove the requirement under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 to obtain an Environmental Permit for the re-use of inert wastes in construction.

Why does this matter?

Inert wastes generated by construction include the following: 

  • Uncontaminated recycled aggregates;
  • Uncontaminated natural aggregates,

 Such materials are commonly generated on site by construction works, and in the interests of sustainable policy, are re-used in these schemes, to fill voids, or create new earthworks (flat school playing fields, flood protection areas, etc.). These waste materials do not present a significant risk to the environment.

  The Environmental Permitting requirements for the re-use of inert waste in construction should be repealed. Since it’s introduction in April 2010, the system which replaced the Waste License exemptions is highly expensive (>£1000 for a single application) and duplicates many of the requirements of planning law (relating to level of ground surfaces), contaminated land remediation strategies (PPS23),  part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Site Waste Management Plans (Site Waste Management Plan Regulations 2008). These mechanisms ensure that the material which is to be re-used in construction schemes does not present a risk to the environment and human health, and provide the basis for site inspections to ensure compliance. Surely no further Environmental Permitting requirements can be justified.


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